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Miracles In Action Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Economic Development, International, International Development, International Economic Development, International Relief, Microfinance

Mission: Miracles in Action empowers Guatemalans living in extreme poverty to help themselves through sustainable projects that improve education, nutrition, vocational skills, and create jobs.

Results: Built 54 Schools in 12 years, 2500+ vented safe stoves, 2000+ water filters, buy fair trade handicrafts from 135 artisans.

Target demographics: Guatemalan children and families, especially Mayan.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000s of women and children

Geographic areas served: Guatemala

Programs: building schools, nutrition education, agriculture, water systems, water filters, fair trade

Community Stories

85 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Penny made a presentation at my church and I was impressed by her story and the work she's accomplished in Guatemala. Miracles in Action has greatly improved the lives of the many people it has touched.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Miracles in Action does a tremendous job not only supporting the Mayan people and culture of Guatemala, but also educating other people around the globe on the needs of these beautiful and friendly people. My life has developed greater fulfillment thanks to Penny Rambacker and Miracles in Action.

2 Sue_119

Donor

Rating: 5

I met Penny Rambacher, founder of Miracles in Action, about 10 years ago and was immediately impressed. The non-profit organization that she has created has surpassed my wildest expectations. From providing aid to the poorest of the poor in Guatemala to funding schools in remote villages, Miracles in Action is doing just that... providing MIRACLES to those in need. I can't say enough good things about this organization. They are blessing those in need as well as those who get involved. Keep up the good work!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For many years, first as a volunteer and now as a Board member, I have experienced Miracles in Action doing just that...making miracles of change in some of the most impoverished areas of Guatemala. Working closely with quality grassroots organizations, MIA is committed to creating self sustaining projects that educate and empower the local population. Whether helping to build schools, provide job training , promote fair trade ,clean water and healthy nutrition , MIA is having a significant and lasting impact on alleviating poverty and improving the lives of the indigenous of Guatemala.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My charity organization has partnered with Miracles in Action numerous times over 5 years. They have been integral in helping our chosen indigenous village in a remote mountainous area of Guatemala. They have stepped up quickly, generously and with great passion and critical follow up. They have made it possible to provide a school, a retaining wall to protect the school, vented stoves, clean filtered water buckets, scholarships and much more.
I volunteer now for this organization in order to raise funds for their incredible projects. I admire their philosophy to provide a hand up, not a hand out.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have volunteered for years. The work they do is more amazing each year!

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love that this charity helps women to earn income from their homes by buying their beaded jewelry at fair prices, and then sells it online, at gift shops (like the Naples Botanical Garden, Naples Zoo, Island Vision, Dallas Aquarium...) and at farmers markets. Women love to help other women by buying their handiwork. The things are so beautiful they are easy to sell, and volunteers are the sales reps. Then, they go beyond this and give the artisans water filters, school supplies for their kids, and assistance to improve their lives.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Wonderful mission! awesome people! Beautiful kids!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing work! love the Guatemala! Leaving a legacy!

1 Morales

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family has worked with Miracles In Action for several years. This organization has welcomed OUR family into THEIR family. It has allowed us to focus our desire to give and has shown us what giving can achieve. Our youngest child was adopted from Guatemala nine years ago, and we have always felt a connection with the country of our daughter’s birth. This organization has impressed us by the scope of their programs in Guatemala and the relationships with people and organizations “in country” that they have established. Its most impressive achievements have been how they have been able to create large projects, like building schools and partnering to create vocational institutions, while also providing assistance to individual families by way of teaching skills that will help each unique village. An example of these acts may include giving water purifiers to the villagers, along with lessons on the importance of proper hygiene. There is also constant dialogue with the villagers about proper nutrition, coupled with lessons on which native foods can provide superior nutrients when blended into the food already found in their culture.
We have found that MIA has successfully created a bridge for those here in the States, that have the desire and resources to help, to participate in the process of assistance. MIA is always cognizant that the donor wishes to be informed how their gifts are being used, but always stays true to their mission to not impose changes within the culture of the recipients, but rather work with them to discuss the most effective and respectful way to reach their common goals.
Perhaps one of the aspects of MIA that we find most attractive is that the organization offers "a hand up", not "a hand out". This important facet of their mission allows the beautiful people of Guatemala to maintain their dignity, while teaching them valuable skills that will eventually cause them to be, not only self-sufficient, but successful.
Miracles In Action has been a blessing for our family. We could not be happier to be involved with an organization that welcomes all those who want to help and inspires all those that have the pleasure of working with them. We consider ourselves fortunate to have met Penny Rambacher and Miracles In Action

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Miracles founder Penny since she began working in Guatemala with Airline Ambassadors and before she founded Miracles. I know of no other charity where you can make a donation and then get to see where it goes. Build a school and you are there for the opening. Donate a stove and you can see the home it is installed in. Miracles makes sustainable aid in Guatemala that makes a difference in every life it touches.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the early days of taking shoes, toys and blankets, this charity has progressed to building schools, vocational training, libraries, clean water and wells for villages, vented cooking stoves, family planning and so much more. I know of no other charity where 100% of your donation goes to the project you support and if you contribute to build a school, you as the donor get to go and see what you have built and see the gratitude of every child and adult in the village you have helped. Penny, the founder and CEO of Miracles is an amazing lady with so much vision for a brighter tomorrow for Guatemala with the sustainable aid she provides.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is awesome to see how this organization is impacting Guatemala. You can actually see the difference they are making and how they leaving a legacy for children

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is truly amazing! It is making a difference impacting many lives in Guatemala! Very unique and heart warming. I am glad to be a part of Miracles in Action and be making a difference in my local community as well as empowering mayan women!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been closely involved with Miracles in Action from its very inception, and have observed them become more and more focused and professional. Their personal commitment, however, has never flagged for one instant, and all of their staff and many volunteers do everything they can to reduce costs, raise money, and pass the maximum on to the deserving beneficiaries, who in turn have put their own "sweat equity" and skin in the game. Having lived in Guatemala for over 20 years, and been involved in similar work to that of Miracles in Action, I can say I am a supporter and a financial donor as well.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Miracles in Action provides a wonderful opportunity to give help to the people of Guatemala.
Under the direction of Penny Rambacher, forty seven schools have been built in less than ten years!
Backpacks and school supplies are often provided. I was thrilled to see what a difference this makes
in the lives of the families of San Jose Xepatan.

While I visited the area many other needs developed. Penny's knowledge helped improve these conditions. We installed water purification systems, promoted nutrition education, delivered
a wheelchair and an operation to improve a child's mobility was planned. We made a visit to purchase products to sell from the women beaders as this elevates their status. Lunch was at a vocational school which Miracles in Action supports. I just wish I could be there when the many toys and clothing items are delivered at Christmas. All of the money we contribute goes directly to the people of Guatemala.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love that this organization began with one person. One person that was not only willing to SEE extreme poverty while on vacation, but one person that DID SOMETHING about what they saw.
It is amazing what a difference one person can make. So many schools! So many lives touched.
Thank you Penny and your amazing Mom, for starting this remarkable organization.

Ann F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am impressed with Miracles In Action. They put every penny of your donation to work helping the poor in rural Guatemala. Over the years I have seen the schools, the libraries, the water projects, the wood burning stoves, the nutritional education, the teacher education, and the warm clothing that they have given to the people of Guatemala. I am impressed with the dedication and the hard work of everyone associated with this charity and with the amazing results of their hard work in rural Guatemala.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

Recently I had the opportunity to visit some of the communities where Miracles in Action works. I was struck by what a difference they've made in thousands of people's lives. They choose their partners and communities very thoughtfully, to have the biggest impact. They also listen closely to community leaders to find their greatest needs -- it's not a one-size-fits-all approach. What an effective way to change the world.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

What's impressed me most is about Miracles in Action is the breadth of services they're involved in--from building schools to providing clean water systems, safe stoves and nutrition education. I love that they work with local NGOs and seek sustainable, long-lasting solutions to the problems of rural poverty. And it's all done in the most frugal ways possible, stretching every dollar to provide the greatest impact.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I remember meeting the founder of this organization 2 years ago at a Nutrition Expo and getting intrigued by the information shown in their brochure. Everything happens for a reason; I got to know them better in the field and I just love how the website shows what they truly profess. I have seen it and experienced because I am now involved in this NGO, and it is a wonderful one.

Mari H.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the concept of "teaching how to fish" instead of handing out a fish...Building schools, libraries, installing wood stoves, providing clean water, helping future generations to have an opportunity to have a better life. These are some of the reasons for which I strongly support Mira les in Action. Needless to say, the fact that one hundred percent of the donation goes to the project, makes it a no brainier to choose this charity over any other in Guatemala or elsewhere. I've had the opportunity to meet board members, partners and donors and they are all people with a desire to work for others enthusiastically and with a lot of love. I wish there were more stars to give this great charity.